Sus­tain­able sys­tem ef­forts ‘abysmal’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPECIAL REPORT -

The Peter­bor­ough Green Party has not held back in its crit­i­cism of the city council. It told the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph: “Peter­bor­ough City Council’s ef­forts to de­liver a sus­tain­able trans­port sys­tem are abysmal. If you don’t drive, Peter­bor­ough is very dif­fi­cult to get around, yet the council promised us that the op­po­site would be true. “Buses are ex­pen­sive and un­re­li­able and ac­tu­ally in­cen­tivise peo­ple to drive short jour­neys be­cause it is cheaper and more con­ve­nient to do so. “Peter­bor­ough has a very long way to go be­fore it can claim to be a ‘pedes­trian, public trans­port and cy­cle first city’. In fact, the council is cur­rently busy un­do­ing many ini­tia­tives that made Peter­bor­ough safer, such as sug­gest­ing that a se­ries of road cross­ings is ‘bet­ter’ for ac­ces­si­bil­ity than a long es­tab­lished, pedes­trian and cy­clist-friendly foot­bridge. “Many of the cy­cle paths in Peter­bor­ough are dan­ger­ous, some re­duced to as lit­tle as a few inches wide (e.g. Dogsthorpe Road, East­field Road). Even the Green Wheel, the net­work of cy­cle paths in­tended to sep­a­rate cy­clists from traf­fic, is un­tended, unloved and un­der-utilised.

“The council seeks to make money from, and pun­ish peo­ple for, cy­cling past the Town Hall on Bridge Street yet fails to of­fer cy­clists a rea­son­able al­ter­na­tive route through the city cen­tre. “Un­for­tu­nately, some cy­clists now feel safer rid­ing on the pave­ment, which makes walk­ing much more dan­ger­ous for pedes­tri­ans.”

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